Its really hot in Minneapolis. It has been this way for almost 2 weeks. Almost every day it is between 90 and 100 degrees. I don’t have air conditioning, so its not fun times at my house. I’m going to hold out though – I don’t really like the idea of buying a big air conditioner and then using a whole bunch of energy to run it. I feel like I should face my own environment instead of fixing the problem by using up a bunch of energy. I’m well aware of the fact that my life is full of contradictions in this sense (e.g. how much I use my car), but whatever. I don’t want air conditioning. I’m hot and sweaty a lot but so long as I give myself something else to think about (hacking on Mozilla, spinning records, making my next cool drink) its not *that* bad.
The other day my friend Kristin and I went tubing down a river in western Wisconsin, maybe 45 minutes from Minneapolis. The three tubes we rented were actually the innner tubes for industrial truck tires. The third tube held our cooler full of beer, which we tied between our other two tubes with some twine. A rickety old bus drove us up the river for a while and dropped us off, and it took us almost 3 hours to float down. The river was somewhat speedy in some spots, really slow in others. It was pretty relaxing, just chillin’ in the river with our beer and floating by some pretty scenery. I definitely plan to do it again, even if it was the most hickish thing I’ve done in a long time. I love the midwest.